Samsung has started the presentation with heavy artillery, and while we were waiting to see the Galaxy S10 family, the manufacturer started with what we thought was going to be a powerful “One More Thing”: the Galaxy Fold is official, its device folding.
It is something dual, a device that can act as a mobile or tablet at the user’s request, so that folding can be held perfectly as a compact smartphone but at any time can be a device of more than 7 inches. With the latest processor and maximum RAM in mobile devices, the Galaxy Fold is being the star of the presentation.
The device is a finished product and fully functional, and they have been in charge of showing that the new system of hinges that they designed especially for this product seems to be resistant to as many openings and closures as they wish to do. Thus, the grip depends on how it is being used since it can be held as a mobile (closed) or as a tablet (open).
In this way, the device incorporates an external screen of 4.6 inches, in which the content is displayed as it is done with a completely standard mobile. And at the same time, it integrates the 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display, which is foldable.
The internal screen has a new polymer layer that adheres to a flexible screen that is 50% thinner than a standard smartphone screen (according to the manufacturer’s own words). A material designed to impart strength as well as flexibility.
For the sound, Samsung has also pulled its ally AKG integrating loudspeakers calibrated by the signature on one side. The fingerprint reader is also on the side, in the style of the Samsung Galaxy S10e.
If 5 cameras (in total) seem many, which are what we see in the Samsung Galaxy S10 +, the jewel in the crown of Samsung integrates up to 6 cameras counting the front, back and internal. There is a triple camera module for the rear and two front cameras on the inside, along with a front on the outside.
What combines so much lens and so much sensor is the configuration that we have seen in the upper S10: an ultra wide-angle, a wide-angle and a telephoto (in the absence of knowing the information of the cameras in detail). The pair of internal fronts includes a wide angle and a second one with a sensor for the depth, so the bokeh and portrait mode will not be missing here either.
If the exterior is surprising, the interior is not that it falls short. The engine of this Galaxy Fold consists of the Snapdragon 855 from Qualcomm or the Exynos 9820 from Samsung (by region), the most powerful processors in each house, with eight cores and neural processing units (NPU).
The RAM is the maximum we see in mobile devices today: 12GB of RAM, being also the maximum that includes the Galaxy S10. And for storage incorporates 512GB premiering UFS 3.0 (no possibility of adding microSD), all powered by a two-piece battery in total has a capacity of 4380mAh, also incorporating Wireless Power Charging technology that allows other devices to load compatible, doing battery itself.
The Galaxy Fold works with the latest version of the operating system of Google and Samsung, that is, with Android 9 Pie and One UI. What they have implemented at the software level so that there are no 2 workflows (and that changing the screen does not close the previous one) is that when opening and closing the Galaxy Fold the apps appear automatically as they were left.
It is also responsible for launching the multi-active window so that up to three active apps can be viewed simultaneously by opening multi apps. This allows, for example, being able to be using other apps while a video call is being made. You can also connect with Samsung DeX and of course integrate Bixby, the company’s own virtual assistant. It also incorporates Samsung Pay, so you can pay with it as with other brands of the brand.
There are 4 colors available: black, silver, green and blue. But eye to detail, the color of the hinge can be customized. It is a real and finished product and will be available from April 26, having an LTE version and a 5G version. The starting price of the Samsung Galaxy Fold is $1980, waiting to know the other regions.
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